Professional assassin and counteragent Matt Helm has been given a distasteful assignment. He is to disguise himself as gangster Jimmy "the Lash" Petroni and assault a fellow agent in order to help establish her cover in a top secret operation. But things don't quite go according to plan, and now Helm must take her place on a dangerous mission. Alone in Chesapeake Bay, pursued by his own government, Helm must carry out an assassination - before his employers catch up to him.
©1962, 2013 Donald Hamilton (P)2014 Skyboat Media, Inc.
I enjoy spy, military, psychological, technical and fiction based in reality and science. I really value intimate, thorough writing.
Near the bottom with Cardinal of the Kremlin. Its good. But none of the characters were interesting (except matt) and the tale itself just didnt grip me. It lacked the BEAUTIFUL tension of the other Matt Helm books ive read so far. It brought up some interesting changes in pace from the other books but it just wasnt great.
No, I would suggest starting from the beginning of the series. It is hands down my least favorite one so far and has none of the magic from the other books before. The other books have themes of dire clutch moments, Matt's pragmatism and smart, simple and believable unfolding of the plot. This book had these things but it didnt shine like the other installments.
Yes. Just as amazing. He is a fantastic Helm and doesnt sound too silly when trying to emulate the women. His Helm voice tends to melt with some other lesser characters but it's few and far between and quite forgivable.
There is a part where Matt get's grabbed and he recalls another character's injury. That shook me up because they did such a good job of painting a picture of the injury earlier. So the thought of it hit me like it hit Matt. Excellent.
By no means bad it just didn't wow me. As a stand alone it's lackluster. As part of the series it's a low point. I get that it was suppose to be different and the differences in tone are crucial to a big part of the story.
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